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Nightmare Fuel: Alice in Wonderland

The Disney film

  • The "Walrus and the Carpenter" sequence (which is actually from the original book, and it's no less creepy then what Disney came up with).
  • The "mad watch" scene is quite intense, with all the screaming and half-crazed profile shots...until the March Hare applies Percussive Maintenance. The slow dying of the watch is one of the funniest bits in the movie.
  • The Queen of Hearts, specifically the "Painting the Roses Red/Off with their heads!" scene.
    • The Queen of Hearts, period. Her temper, the screaming...honestly, good luck sleeping after watching her.
      "Somebody's head is going to roll for this!"
      "YOURS!!!"
  • The scene at the end where Alice is running up a staircase, and she grabs a doorknob, only to have the door come to life and complain about her grabbing its nose. Mild and funny, right? HA. Try being six years old and having a crippling phobia of doors.
  • The drugged-up, blue caterpillar... They're just talking and then "I am exacicitually three inches HIGH, and THAT IS A VERY GOOD HEIGHT, INDEED!!!" *flashes psychedelic colors and explodes*
    Alice: Well, I'm not used to it! And you needn't... SHOUT! (the way she says this causes the smoke from the explosion to disappear, revealing the remains of the caterpillar, now turned into a butterfly)
    • The caterpillar-turned-butterfly getting angry when explaining which sides of what exactly will make Alice grow taller or shorter: "THE MUSHROOM, OF COURSE!!"
  • Tweedledum and Tweedledee sneaking up on Alice, and the flowers turning on her and chasing her away.
  • That cage-bird-thing in the Tulgey Wood.
    • Of all the weirdness there, that's one of the weirdest. It (a cage with bird legs, neck, and head) keeps a couple of songbirds in it. When they get out (which naturally happens), it chases them down, snaps them up and swallows them alive - back down into the cage. And they're happy about it. More Nightmare Retardant then nightmare fuel, but it will still melt your brain if you think about it too long.
  • Alice, a terrified little girl, has magically been made too big to escape a surreal underground chamber. This by itself is terrifying, so naturally, she bursts into tears. Then it gets worse - her tears have become proportionately bigger, causing her to literally flood the room in the process. Alice, drinking what's left of the "Drink Me" bottle in a last-ditch effort to escape, nearly drowns in her own tears. These are, on the whole, a lot of scary things to happen in about a two-minute span.
  • The entire ending sequence. It's at this point where almost all of Wonderland, if not Wonderland in and of itself, seems to turn against Alice, starting with the Cheshire Cat making one last appearance to pretty much cement Alice's guilty sentence at the hands of the Queen. The Queen and her subjects then chase Alice through the hedge maze, which then switches to the Dodo and the Tweedles leading the Caucus Race, which promptly switches to the Mad Tea Party, then to the pool of tears. Alice then sees the Caterpillar and pleads for him to help her, only for him to shout "WHO ARE YOU" and blow smoke in her face. Eventually, Alice reaches the door who tells her that she can't get out because she already is and shows her her sleeping self on the outside. Alice is left desperately begging herself to wake up while the Ax-Crazy Queen, enraged versions of the Hatter and the March Hare, the Walrus, the Carpenter and essentially every inhabitant of Wonderland is getting ever closer. Fortunately, she wakes up just in time.
  • The umbrella birds which are revealed to be vultures.
    • Early concept art reveals that they were going to be Jub-Jub Birds.
  • David Hall's early concept art for Alice in Wonderland shown in various books and the DVD documentary Reflections On Alice. The Cheshire Cat has a mouth of pointy shark-like teeth and horrifically staring eyes, The baby's morph into the pig is horrific, the Mad Hatter and March Hare chase Alice with a large pair of scissors and a knife respectively, Alice is about to be decapitated by a grinding gear that may as well flay her, and it's all drawn in a horribly grotesquely realistic, ghastly style.
    • Another early concept featured an alternate version of the Cheshire Cat's famous disappearing act; instead of that funny unraveling thing he did in the finalized film, he takes his tail, sticks it in his mouth, starts eating himself and eventually, nothing is left but the grin.
  • As funny and cutely animated as he is, the Cheshire Cat and his general craziness can be pretty scare, particularly the way he always appears at first as nothing but a large set of smiling teeth.

The 2010 film


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